Money

Corbyn’s cheerleaders are wrong to sneer at Which? magazine

18 February 2019 18:09

First, a confession. Because I try not to spend too much time on Twitter, I sometimes miss “the story that…

The cautionary tale of Andrea Orcel

14 February 2019 19:51

There’s a lesson for all boardrooms — and an echo of the lost era of big-bucks, big-ego banking — in…

Mark Carney is finally right about Brexit

13 February 2019 13:15

Cripes. At this rate the CBI will be putting out reports on Brexit’s potential benefits, George Osborne will be reminding…

Best Buys: One year fixed-rate ISAs

12 February 2019 18:05

This week’s Best Buys are one year fixed-rate ISAs. Even if you have opened one in the previous tax year,…

Welcome to the Year of the Pig

12 February 2019 17:35

Happy Chinese New Year, or at least let’s hope so. The chubby pig of 2019 is an obvious symbol of…

Forget the backstop. Business is doing what it does best: making decisions and investing

7 February 2019 22:49

With 31 working days until negotiations time out, Theresa May has been selling her vision for post-Brexit Britain to businesses…

Is there any point listening to the Bank of England’s growth forecasts?

7 February 2019 17:35

The Bank of England today downgraded its forecast for UK GDP growth in 2019 from 1.7 per cent (a forecast…

Wealth taxes are back in fashion – but they’re still a terrible idea

7 February 2019 7:45

Wealth taxes are back in fashion. In the United States, Senator Elizabeth Warren is proposing an ‘ultra-millionaire tax’. In the…

Best Buys: Regular savings accounts

5 February 2019 18:49

The interest on all bank accounts has taken a big hit in recent years, but some certainly offer better rates…

We need to change the outdated perception of flexible working

5 February 2019 16:08

It’s been almost two decades since the UK Government first introduced the right to request flexible working for parents and…

Will the rise of veganism turn us into a nation of current account switchers?

4 February 2019 11:59

We’re meant to be a nation of pioneers. Back in the seventeenth century we set sail in search of exotic…

Is it time for a Brexit recipe book?

1 February 2019 12:01

What to do about the coming shortage of green groceries of which several supermarkets warned yet again this week if…

We should salute the very rich who stay onshore and pay their taxes

1 February 2019 11:20

Paying tax — which many of us have been doing this week before HMRC’s 31 January deadline — is a…

Watch: Jess Phillips’ speech on parliament’s high earners

31 January 2019 10:45

With all the dramatic votes this week, it could easily have been missed that an important debate about immigration also…

Best buys: Five year and over fixed rate mortgages

29 January 2019 17:23

If you’re looking to buy a property in the near future then this week’s Best Buys – of five year…

There’s nothing ‘elitist’ about kids following in their parents’ footsteps

29 January 2019 12:09

Children of doctors are 24 times more likely than their peers to become doctors. Children of lawyers are 17 times…

Davos’s guilty secret

28 January 2019 15:01

Somehow I had managed more than a quarter of a century in journalism without ever going to Davos. It had…

The £1 billion IT project that has caused chaos in the criminal courts

24 January 2019 17:50

Between 2010 and 2015 the Ministry of Justice endured amongst the deepest cuts of any government department. Yet even as…

Why is Chris Grayling spending so much money on telephone bills?

24 January 2019 10:36

We’ve all been there – when you open that innocuous looking letter in the post only for your eyes to…

British politicians have some lessons to learn from Jersey

23 January 2019 21:56

Let’s be honest: when most of us think about Jersey the words ‘tax’ and ‘avoidance’ come quickly to mind. Okay,…

Is Dyson’s Singapore move anything to do with Brexit?

22 January 2019 15:52

Brexit has become the inverse of a pair of rose-tinted spectacles. It is the lens through which all negative economic…

Best Buys: Easy access accounts without bonus

22 January 2019 15:16

If you’re after an account that allows you to access your money whenever you fancy, then an easy access account…

Is the UK auto industry only struggling because of Brexit?

17 January 2019 18:57

The popular new narrative for the UK auto industry is that its troubles are only temporarily to do with Brexit…

Is there no-one in the universities sector who can do arithmetic?

17 January 2019 18:41

This week, Universities UK and the Russell Group, seemingly speaking on behalf of the whole sector, produced an Open Letter…

The Gillette advert has more to do with market control than #MeToo

16 January 2019 15:50

For those looking to an antidote to Gillette’s painful ‘The Best a Man Can Be’ advert I highly recommend browsing…